Lumina is working on a smart standing desk that has a built-in display

Is there much more room for desk innovation I hear you ask? After all, now that we’re letting them go up and down, there aren’t any new worlds worth conquering. Not so, says Lumina, maker of its eponymous AI webcam, which has been described in some quarters as equivalent to a DSLR. Now the company is turning its attention to building a smart desk with a programmable 24-inch OLED screen embedded in the top, giving you a place to put passive data in a prominent place.

The Lumina Desk, as it’s called, is a powered sit-stand desk with a display that sits between your laptop (or monitor) and your keyboard and mouse. As you can see, the idea is to give you space to add a view for your Google calendar, a Robinhood stock view, or a Twitter feed. All things that you would like to always have an eye on, but for which you might not necessarily want to buy a second (or third) monitor.

Image of the Lumina desk top to bottom.

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Instead of a touchscreen, you control data through a companion app on the desktop, and the entire desk is covered in a layer of tempered, anti-glare glass. The company also promises a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits and a 60Hz refresh rate, making it a pretty sweet display overall. There’s plenty of power flowing through its frame, too, with two 20 x 20 Qi wireless charging pads on the tabletop, each capable of putting out 100W. Then there are six hidden AC power outlets with built-in circuit breakers and six USB-C ports, each capable of delivering up to 30W.

Unfortunately, the earliest you can get your hands on one of these is 2023, and the company is opening unpaid reservations today to gauge future interest. Also, the price has yet to be determined (although I’m told it will be as close to $1,000 as possible, at least that’s the goal for now), but if you’ve been looking for a sci-fi way of gathering information passively, this might be worth a look.

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